Resolution Supporting Intergovernmental Collaboration on Cybersecurity

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WHEREAS, cyber-attacks are a major threat to both the United States’ national security and its economic interests; and

WHEREAS, as a global leader in producing intellectual property, private and public institutions in the United States will continue to be primary targets for cyber-criminals including the nation’s critical infrastructure, federal and state governments, and private businesses; and 

WHEREAS, billions of dollars in trade secrets, intellectual property, and technology are being stolen each year from computer systems in the state and federal government, corporations and academic institutions with estimates from academic literature on the losses ranging from $2 billion to $400 billion or more each year; and 

WHEREAS, the scope and capabilities of these attacks can vary immensely and the results of an attack can be catastrophic for state governments and the businesses in their states; and 

WHEREAS, state and local governments generally have less capital to purchase computer security hardware and software, fewer staff members to monitor their systems, and less time to develop cyber-security policies; and 

WHEREAS, both the frequency of cybersecurity threats and their level of sophistication have and will continue to increase; and 

WHEREAS, as the threat of cyber-breaches increases, so too does the need for intergovernmental collaboration and communication.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments requests that the Congress and the Executive Branch work with state and local governments to facilitate a better understanding of the roles and capabilities of governmental entities in protecting networks against possible cyber-attacks and explore how sharing information between states and the federal government – both before and after a breach – can help prevent future attacks or assist in the response to a previous attack.

Adopted December 13, 2015 by The Council of State Governments’ Executive Committee.